Tony Brown was born in Louisiana in 1970 and moved with his parents (a former monk and nun) and sister to Colorado before he was five. In the following years before he was twelve, he lived in various hippie communes and then with just his mother and sister in a survivalist commune with a gun range and a blacksmith school. This was followed by membership in an extremely religious, non-denominational church. Not long after that, he moved to Hawaii to live with his father who by then worked for the military. He lived there from 1982 until 1994 at which time he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaii. In May 2000 he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from California State University at Long Beach. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California and exhibits his work in the United States, Europe and Asia. Ok, only once in Asia.